Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Updated: 'Hobo With a Shotgun' Trailer #3

Magnet has released the official trailer for Jason Eisener's 'Hobo with a Shotgun.'

A train pulls into its final station and a Hobo hops from a freight car. He has dreams of a fresh life in a new city, but finds himself trapped in an urban hell instead. A city where criminals rule the streets, landlords evict single mothers in the middle of the night, and where the city's crime boss, The Drake, reigns supreme with his sadistic, homeless-killing sons, Slick & Ivan.

Through the chaos, the Hobo comes across a shop window displaying a second hand lawn mower and a shotgun, and decides it's time to cut the grass, make the city beautiful and start a new way of life. But after witnessing the brutality that encompasses this city, he realizes the only way to make a difference in this place is with a gun in his hand and two shells in its chamber.

'Hobo With a Shotgun' is set to be released On Demand on April 1st, and will get a theatrical release May 6th in the US. 22 July release date for us in Ireland and the UK.

Update: Clip

Update: Red Band Trailer #2

Updated: Warner Bros. Planning Justice League Movie & Batman Reboot

The president of the Warner Bros. motion picture group Jeff Robinov sat down for a interview with the LA Times, where he discussed DC Comics movies for 2013 and beyond, planning 'Justice League' and a 'Batman' reboot.

On the new Justice League film he told the site a new script is in the works. Also being written for Warner are scripts featuring the Flash and Wonder Woman, who could be spun off into their own movies after Justice League. Though Wonder Woman is also in the works as a television pilot for NBC produced by Warner, Robinov dismissed that as a sticking point:
“Wonder Woman could be a film as well, the same way that ‘Superman Returns’ came out while ‘Smallville’ was on,” he said, referring to the 2006 film that put Brandon Routh in the cape and the television show starring Tom Welling that is now in its 10th and final season.
Adding futher proof that The Dark Knigt Rises will be Christopher Nolan's final Batman film, Robinov said:
"We have the third Batman, but then we’ll have to reinvent Batman…Chris Nolan and [producing partner and wife] Emma Thomas will be producing it, so it will be a conversation with them about what the next phase is."
Update: Superman director Zack Snyder explained the Justice League film will not bear a link to Superman or to the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises.
‘It doesn’t [connect]," Snyder told the site on the red carpet for the London premiere of Sucker Punch, "Like what Chris Nolan is doing and what I’m doing with 'Superman', what they’ll do with 'Justice League' will be it’s own thing with its own Batman and own Superman. We’ll be over here with our movie and they’ll kinda get to do it twice, which is kind of cool."

Updated: Doctor Who: Trailer #2

The BBC has released a full trailer for the next series of Steven Moffat's Doctor Who.

The 60-second clip has been unveiled exclusively online and will receive its first television airing tonight at 8pm on BBC One.

Update:BBC America Series 6

Update #2: Behind-the-Scenes:

Neil Gaiman at Wondercon

Update #3: Interview with Steven Moffat
How has this series evolved from last year? 
Steven Moffat: Well we've moved through the funfair a bit - we've done the rollercoaster, now we're on the ghost train. Last year, in a way, was all about saying, don't worry, it's still him, it's still the same show, nothing's really been lost. Losing a leading man like David Tennant is seismic - unless you gain a leading man like Matt Smith. It's been the biggest joy to see him stride in and just claim that TARDIS for his own. But now he's really here, and the part is his, and the bow tie is cool, he's ready to lead us places we didn't know existed. Last year we reassured you - this year, to hell with that, we're going to worry the hell out of you. How well do we really know that man, or what he's capable of? We're putting the Who? back in the Doctor. 
Is there a major story arc to look out for? 
Oh, there's a big story being told this year, and major mysteries from the very off. As ever, in this show, the stories all stand alone, and every episode is a perfect jumping-on point for a new viewer. But at the same time the over-arching plot will be a bigger player this year. More than hints and whispers - we're barely ten minutes into episode one before our heroes face a dilemma that they'll be staring at months from now. And there will be no easy answers. 
Will there be new monsters? 
They're ... scary. Very scary. And, ohh, I don't want to say more - there's the Silence in 1 & 2, the Siren, in episode 3, the Gangers in 5 & 6, all these are more than just freaky costumes and masks; there are SCARY ideas here. And just wait till you meet Idris in episode 4. 
Is this series scarier than the last one? 
See above. Yes, I think so. But it's not JUST scary - it's funny and moving and revelling in its own insanity too. 
How have the characters evolved? 
The big difference, I suppose, is how long the Doctor is hanging around in the lives of his Companions. His normal MO is get them while they're young, and leave them while they're young too. He's careful to put them back where he found them, before he screws up their lives. But here he is, married couple on board - and much as he loves them both, he does wonder if it isn't time he got out of the way. Before something really BAD happens. 
What can you tell us about the cliff-hanger at the end of episode 7? 
Normally our cliff-hangers are lives being threatened. With this one, three live are changed FOREVER. 

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

First Look at Disney Pixar's 'Brave'

Disney Pixar have shown concept art for 'Brave,' directed by Mark Andrews who replaced Brenda Chapman who is still credited as a co-director.

Reese Witherspoon will no longer voice the movie's heroine, a tomboyish princess named Merida, due to scheduling issues. Instead, the character will now be played by Kelly Macdonald who joins the cast of Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson and Robbie Coltrane.

Brave is set in the mystical Scottish Highlands, where Merida is the princess of a kingdom ruled by King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). An unruly daughter and an accomplished archer, Merida one day defies a sacred custom of the land and inadvertently brings turmoil to the kingdom. In an attempt to set things right, Merida seeks out an eccentric old Wise Woman (Julie Walters) and is granted an ill-fated wish.

Also figuring into Merida’s quest — and serving as comic relief — are the kingdom’s three lords: the enormous Lord MacGuffin (Kevin McKidd), the surly Lord Macintosh (Craig Ferguson), and the disagreeable Lord Dingwall (Robbie Coltrane).

It opens in 3D and 2D theaters on June 22, 2012.

Updated: 'X-Men' News Round Up

There's been quite a bit of news concerning the X-Men film Universe so we will break it down for you:

'X-Men: First Class:'Empire has revealed 2 covers for the 60's Mutant tale with the facebook page giving a bit more info on the villains of the piece and Angel:

Hellfire Club head Sebastian Shaw (played by Kevin Bacon): Shaw, a force of incalculable evil, was a Nazi collaborator whose early research forever altered the life of a young Erik Lensherr. Shaw can absorb energy and re-channel it, and he will stop at nothing to start a war to ensure that mutants inherit the earth

Azazel(Played by Jason Flemyng): A demonic figure, Azazel can teleport by opening a portal into another dimension. He is a key player in Sebastian Shaw's plans to make sure that mutants inherit the planet.

Riptide(Played by Alex Gonzalez): Never far from the side of his leader, Sebastian Shaw, Riptide creates powerful whirlwinds that can demolish buildings and challenge even the most powerful mutants.

Angel Salvadore( Played by Zoë Kravitz): "The beautiful ex-dancer possesses a stunning tattoo of insect-like wings, which become actual wings growing from her back, giving her the gift of flight. Her arsenal is a deadly acid, which she projectile vomits in combat.

Two Empire Covers:

Producer Lauren Shuler Donner also talked to the magazine about 'X-Men 4,' 'Deadpool' and 'The Wolverine:'

On 'X-Men 4:' "X4" is in 'active development at Fox.' "We took the treatment to Fox and they love it... And X4 leads into X5."

On 'Deadpool:' On Deadpool, she says the film will be "a total reboot. We're either going to pretend that didn't happen, or mock it, which he could do. We're looking for a director, yes. He's very involved, Ryan. He's working with the writers on the screenplay and it is as much as it is ours."

She confirmed that this would be the Deadpool of the comics. "I'm tellin' ya, it's true to the comic. You'll see all of them. You'll see Wade Wilson, the good-looking Ryan Reynolds! You'll see Deadpool in his costume and you'll see the cancer-scarred face."

And 'The Wolverine:' "will have depth and a dramatic backbone. And yet there's more action in this one than in any one we've ever done. It's such a good script. We have the great Christopher McQuarrie writing and it's very true to the Japanese saga. This is Logan on his own..."

Update: Huge Jackman also spoke a little about the status of 'The Wolverine' saying: "We need to find another director and once we've found that, we'll be able to know," Jackman told us. "It's too early to call on Japan, I'm not sure where they're at, so now we're finding another director, but Fox is very anxious to make the movie and we're moving ahead full steam to find another director."

Gary Oldman Talks 'The Dark Knight Rises'

Gary Oldman has talked a little about Christopher Nolan's 'The Dark Knight Rises,' talking about the security of the script and confirming that he and fellow star Tom Hardy will be sharing some screen time.

Adam McKay Talks 'The Boys'

MTV News caught up with Adam McKay at the Comedy Awards to grab an update of his adaption of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson comic book 'The Boys.' While the script is still a work in progress Mckay revealed who he would  like to cast.

'Tree Of Life' One Sheet

One sheet for Terrence Malick's 'Tree Of Life,' starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain.

'The Tree of Life' is the impressionistic story of a Midwestern family in the 1950's. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father (Brad Pitt). Jack (played as an adult by Sean Penn) finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. Through Malick's signature imagery, we see how both brute nature and spiritual grace shape not only our lives as individuals and families, but all life.

The film has a May 27 for the US, May 4 for Ireland and the UK.

Update: International Poster:

'13 Assassins' Trailers & Featurette

Here's the trailers and a Featurette for Takeshi Miike's remake of the 1963 Eiichi Kudo film 13 '13 Assassins,' starring Koji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, Yusuke Iseya Koyata, Goro Inagaki, Masachika Ichimura and Mikijiro Hira.

In the era of the Shogun, an evil young lord rapes and kills, assured of immunity by law. But he didn’t count on the Thirteen Assassins. A feared secret force, each with their own deadly skill, the Assassins undertake a suicide mission to wipe out the Lord. As he embarks on a perilous journey, the Assassins close off his escape route and ambush him in a village of death. But little do they know, they are outnumbered four to one by the Lord’s crack team of bodyguards. The streets will run red.

It gets released 6th May for Ireland and the UK.



'True Legend' Trailer

Here's the trailer for Yuen Woo Ping's martial arts film 'True Legend,' starring Vincent Zhao , Zhou Xun , Andy On, Guo Xiaodong , Jay Chou, Michelle Yeoh, David Carradine, Gordon Liu and Cung Le.

Yuen Woo Ping (The Matrix trilogy, Kill Bill Volumes I and II, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero) brings you True Legend, a heart pounding epic about the timeless battle between good and evil. Su Can's (Vincent Zhao) respectable life is obliterated when his vengeful brother, Yuan (Andy On), returns from war armed with the deadly Five Venom Fists. Weakened but not destroyed, Su Can learns a never-before-seen form of martial arts: the Drunken Fist. Armed with this new power, he returns home to honor his family through retribution by taking on his brother in a battle to become the ultimate warrior. Packed with distinct fighting styles--including MMA, knife combat and sweeping aerial stunts-- and starring martial arts legends Michelle Yeoh, David Carradine and Jay Chou.

It gets released in theaters May 13th in the US.

'TRON 3' Teaser Video 2

The second of the 'TRON 3' teasers has hit the web, the clip features the return of David Warner's Edward Dillinger from the original TRON, and his son, Edward Dillinger Jr. played by Cillian Murphy in TRON: Legacy. This short clip features them talking on a chat service about the events of "The Next Day" and Sam taking over ENCOM.

'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2' One Sheet

First poster for the final Harry Potter film 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2.'

'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2' will end the eight-film series that has been at the center of popular culture for the past decade. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Tom Felton, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Jason Isaacs, Alan Rickman, David Thewlis, Julie Walters, Bonnie Wright, and Kelly Macdonald, the final chapter arrives from director David Yates and will show in both 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D.

It hits theaters on July 15th worldwide.

'Hangover 2' Trailer

First trailer and one sheet for 'The Hangover 2.'

Directed by Todd Phillips and starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Jeffrey Tambor, Mike Tyson, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, Liam Neeson and Bryan Callen.

In 'The Hangover Part II,' Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and Doug (Justin Bartha) travel to exotic Thailand for Stu's wedding. After the unforgettable bachelor party in Las Vegas, Stu is taking no chances and has opted for a safe, subdued pre-wedding brunch. However, things don't always go as planned. What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but what happens in Bangkok can't even be imagined.

Its released worldwide on May 26th.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Amy Adams Cast As Lois Lane In 'Superman: The Man Of Steel'

Three-time Oscar nominee Amy Adams will portray Lois Lane in Zack Snyder’s reboot of 'Superman'.

“There was a big, giant search for Lois, for us it was a big thing and obviously a really important role. We did a lot of auditioning but we had this meeting with Amy Adams and after that I just felt she was perfect for it.” said the director.

It is not known yet how big a part the character of Lois Lane will feature in the film, but Snyder has said her role is "a linchpin" of the film and also said:

“It goes back to what I’ve said about Superman and making him really understandable for today. What’s important to us is making him relevant and real and making him empathetic to today’s audience so that we understand the decisions he makes. That applies to Lois as well. She has to be in the same universe as him [in tone and substance].”

Adams now joins the ever growing list of confirmed cast members Henry Cavill, Diane Lane and Kevin Costner.

Friday, March 25, 2011

'Thor:' New Character Posters & TV Spot

TV spot and new set of character posters for Marvels god of thunder 'Thor.'

The Kenneth Branagh-directed adaptation stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo, Stellan Skarsgard, Jaimie Alexander, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Josh Dallas, Tadanobu Asano, Idris Elba, Clark Gregg, Colm Feore and Samuel L. Jackson.

It opens in 3D and 2D on May 6 in the US, April 27 for Ireland and the UK.

Update 2 New TV spots:

Update #2: New Clip from 'Thor'

Doctor Who: Teaser Trailer & Series 6 Prequel Clip

The BBC have issued a short teaser trailer and a prequel to Series 6 of Doctor Who.

The show's new run will begin in April, kicking off with two-part adventure 'The Impossible Astronaut' and 'Day of the Moon'.

Teaser Trailer

Prequel Clip

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Updated: 'Your Highness' Red Band Trailer #2 & Clip

Second red band trailer and clip for David Gordon Green's 'Your Highness' starring Danny McBride, James Franco, Natalie Portman, Zooey Deschanel, Justin Theroux, Toby Jones and Damian Lewis.

Throughout history, tales of chivalry have burnished the legends of brave, handsome knights who rescue fair damsels, slay dragons and conquer evil. But behind many a hero is a good-for-nothing younger brother trying just to stay out of the way of those dragons, evil and trouble in general. Danny McBride and James Franco team up for an epic comedy adventure set in a fantastical world--"Your Highness." As two princes on a daring mission to save their land, they must rescue the heir apparent's fiancée before their kingdom is destroyed.

Thadeous (McBride) has spent his life watching his perfect older brother Fabious (Franco) embark upon valiant journeys and win the hearts of his people. Tired of being passed over for adventure, adoration and the throne, he's settled for a life of wizard's weed, hard booze and easy maidens. But when Fabious' bride-to-be, Belladonna (Zooey Deschanel), gets kidnapped by the evil wizard Leezar (Justin Theroux), the king gives his deadbeat son an ultimatum: Man up and help rescue her or get cut off.

Half-assedly embarking upon his first quest, Thadeous joins Fabious to trek across the perilous outlands and free the princess. Joined by Isabel (Natalie Portman)-an elusive warrior with a dangerous agenda of her own-the brothers must vanquish horrific creatures and traitorous knights before they can reach Belladonna. If Thadeous can find his inner hero, he can help his brother prevent the destruction of his land. Stay a slacker, and not only does he die a coward, he gets front row seats to the dawn of an all-new Dark Ages.

It gets released April 8 in the US, 13 April for us here in Ireland the UK.

Update: 6 More Clips now below

Updated: 'Captain America: The First Avenger' Feature Trailer

Update: Feature trailer is now below

Here's a new image and trailer preview for Marvels's 'Captain America: The First Avenger.'

Directed by Joe Johnston and starring Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Hugo Weaving, Sebastian Stan, Toby Jones, Samuel L. Jackson, Dominic Cooper, Tommy Lee Jones, Stanley Tucci, Neal McDonough and Derek Luke.

'Captain America: The First Avenger' will focus on the early days of the Marvel Universe when Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the Super Soldier known as Captain America. As Captain America, Rogers joins forces with Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) and Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) to wage war on the evil HYDRA organization, led by the villainous Red Skull (Hugo Weaving.)

It has a July 22 release date in the US, 29 July for Ireland and the UK.

Update: 'Captain America' screenwriters Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely talked to MTV about the trailer:
MTV NEWS: So, tell me your first thought on seeing the new trailer, guys...

CHRISTOPHER MARKUS: You forget when you're constantly dealing with parts of these things that it's going to become this whole thing you're emotionally invested in. [Seeing the trailer] was the first time when I was like, "Oh, this is a real movie! It's not just the scene I have to write today!" It sort of sweeps you up and along with it...

MTV: I'm sure you've seen this footage a lot already, but were there any surprises for you when you first saw it?

STEPHEN McFEELY: I'm very surprised that "Now, Mr. Stark" makes people tingle. It's kind of nice. Without giving too much away, we've lived with that for so long, and people say it's kind of bad-ass, but I forget that it's so bad-ass that Tony Stark's father is part of the back story in "Captain America."

MARKUS: For me, it's the shield flying. That's an effect they add later, so when you're on set it's like, "... And then the shield goes flying, and it looks awesome..." So it's this huge part of the movie that you don't know what it looks like until now. When you finally see it flying around, it feels like, "Oh, sh--, this is awesome!"

MTV: One of the things everyone is talking about now — and has been since we saw that first footage during the Super Bowl — is the skinny Steve Rogers effect...

McFEELY: Yeah, you said on Twitter that you thought he was creepy...

MTV: You read that? Uh-oh. I'm both flattered and worried now... This interview has taken a turn...

McFEELY: [Laughs] Hey, I have to know who's calling when we do these things!

MARKUS: [Laughs] That was a big question going into it, though. Steve was going to have to be so sickly that he couldn't get into World War II. For a long time, we were just like, "I'm sure we'll figure out a way to do that," and went on with our storytelling. Eventually, the effects guys came in and showed us what they did, and we were like, "Holy..."

McFEELY: The thing is, for us, he's just Steve. He's not "Skinny Steve." That's the beauty of Captain America: he's the same guy he was before the super-soldier serum. Marvel was great about that, too. They don't mind spending time with "skinny" Steve and getting to know him, so we love him and root for him even before he goes into the pod. In fact, we looked to "Iron Man" sometimes, because it has a really long first act.

MTV: So "Captain America" is structured similarly? With a long first act?

McFEELY: It's not quite as long as "Iron Man," but we felt the freedom to spend time with regular Steve Rogers before all this other stuff happens to him.

MTV: But when you did finally see Chris Evans as the bulked-up Steve Rogers in full Captain America costume, what was your reaction? For many people, this trailer and the Super Bowl teaser were their first looks at Cap in action...

MARKUS: Like I said earlier, you forget about the bigger picture sometimes — you really do! The character is never named "Captain America" in the script. He's always "Steve." You think of him as Steve, and then he comes out in costume and it's like, "Oooooh, yeah!"

MTV: And Cap wasn't the only superhero we got to see in the trailer. As we mentioned in our trailer analysis, we also get to see characters like Union Jack, who appears with the Howling Commandos.

McFEELY: Right, and since you know that's Union Jack, and you see that, can you also see that it's not just that we named him Montgomery Falsworth? As you watch the trailer and see more of the movie, ask yourself if there's something about the design of him or how he behaves or anything that makes him that character... Let me put it this way: Bucky's uniform is blue — there's a reason for that!

MARKUS: Yeah, there's a reason for everything. ["Captain America"] is endlessly packable with stuff with like that...

MTV: So you're saying the trailer merits even more analysis, eh?

McFEELY: Your six minutes could've been 60 minutes!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

True Blood: Waiting Sucks Promos

Waiting does suck, but the wait is almost over! True Blood Season 4 premieres this summer on HBO in the US. HBO have released these clever promos to tease what is coming up for each character in the upcoming season.

(We will update this post with more promos as they are released, so keep checking back!)




Torchwood: Miracle Day Poster

Starz have released the first poster for 'Torchwood: Miracle day' and confirmed the US air-date for 8th July 2011. Russell T. Davies gave a brief outlay of the story and explaining the tag-line "What would happen if the entire human race became immortal?"
What would happen if the entire human race became immortal? “Not a single person on Earth dies. The old stay old. It’s great news for some people, but globally it’s an instant population boom. Earth relies on people dying. Suddenly you’re affecting everyone on the planet. That’s where the Torchwood team comes in.”

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Updated: 'Sucker Punch' Animated Short Films & Clips

Animated short film for Zack Snyder's 'Sucker Punch' entitled 'The Trenches,' created by Ben Hinbon.

In 'Sucker Punch,' the girls face off against an army of mechanized WWI soldiers. Through the use of clockwork and steam technology, human soldiers who die in battle are reanimated and sent back to the front lines.

Although seemingly indistinguishable and soulless, the zombie army is not just made of gears and steam, but also of human flesh, bone, and memory. In "The Trenches" there is a tragic tale behind each lifeless mask.

'Sucker Punch' get released 25 March in the US, 1 April for Ireland and the UK.

Update: New animated short entitled 'Dragon'

Update #2: 'Distant Planet' animated short:

Update #3: 5 Clips from the film (Read More...)

Monday, March 21, 2011

'The Hobbit' Begins

New Line/Warner Bros. announced today that production has begun in New Zealand on The Hobbit, Peter Jackson's two-film epic adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's timeless classic.

Along with an official statement they have also released two pictures of the Peter in the Shire, official statement is below:
Production has commenced in Wellington, New Zealand, on "The Hobbit," filmmaker Peter Jackson's two film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's widely read masterpiece.

"The Hobbit" is set in Middle-earth 60 years before Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings," which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar-winning "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King."

The two films, with screenplays by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson, will be shot consecutively in digital 3D using the latest camera and stereo technology. Filming will take place at Stone Street Studios, Wellington, and on location around New Zealand.

"The Hobbit" follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakensheild. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers.

Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever... Gollum.

Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum's "precious" ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities... A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.

Martin Freeman takes the title role as Bilbo Baggins and Ian McKellen returns in the role of Gandalf the Grey. The Dwarves are played by Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield), Ken Stott (Balin), Graham McTavish (Dwalin), William Kircher (Bifur) James Nesbitt (Bofur), Stephen Hunter (Bombur), Rob Kazinsky (Fili), Aidan Turner (Kili), Peter Hambleton (Gloin), John Callen (Oin), Jed Brophy (Nori), Mark Hadlow (Dori) and Adam Brown (Ori). Reprising their roles from "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy are Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Andy Serkis as Gollum and Elijah Wood as Frodo. Jeffrey Thomas and Mike Mizrahi also join the cast as Dwarf Kings Thror and Thrain, respectively. Further casting announcements are expected.

"The Hobbit" is produced by Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, alongside Carolynne Cunningham. Executive producers are Ken Kamins and Zane Weiner, with Philippa Boyens as co-producer. The Oscar-winning, critically acclaimed "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, also from the production team of Jackson and Walsh, grossed nearly $3 billion worldwide at the box office. In 2003, "The Return of the King" swept the Academy Awards, winning all of the 11 categories in which it was nominated, including Best Picture – the first ever Best Picture win for a fantasy film. The trilogy's production was also unprecedented at the time.

Among the creative behind-the-scenes team returning to Jackson's crew are director of photography Andrew Lesnie, production designer Dan Hennah, conceptual designers Alan Lee and John Howe, composer Howard Shore and make-up and hair designer Peter King. Costumes are designed by Ann Maskrey and Richard Taylor.

Taylor is also overseeing the design and production of weaponry, armour and prosthetics which are once again being made by the award winning Weta Workshop. Weta Digital take on the visual effects for both films, led by the film's visual effects supervisor, Joe Letteri. Post production will take place at Park Road Post Production in Wellington.

"The Hobbit" films are co-produced by New Line Cinema and MGM, with New Line managing production. Warner Bros Pictures is handling worldwide theatrical distribution, with select international territories as well as all international television licensing being handled by MGM. The two films are planned for release in late 2012 and 2013, respectively.

'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' Feature Trailer

Feature trailer for 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,' directed by Rob Marshall and starring Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Penelope Cruz, Ian McShane, Kevin McNally, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Sam Claflin, Stephen Graham, Yuki Matsuzaki, Gemma Ward.

When Captain Jack Sparrow crosses paths with the enigmatic Angelica, he's not sure if it's love -- or if she's a ruthless con artist who's using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the "Queen Anne's Revenge," the ship of the legendary pirate Blackbeard, Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn't know whom to fear more: Blackbeard or Angelica, with whom he shares a mysterious past

It has a May 20 release.

Joe Padilha Talks 'RoboCop' Reboot

Joe Padilha has chatted a little about taking on the MGM reboot of 'Robocop:'
Q: How are the RoboCop negotiations? 
Joe Padilha: It is about doing a new movie, and we're working on it at the moment, and the negotiations are closed already. 
Q: It is already closed? 
Padilha: It has been a while! 
Q: Really? We received that news only on March 1st, but it seems like you've been talking about it for some time, is that correct? 
Padilha: Yes, we're already working on the screenplay and everything... 
Q: This is something that can work out really well or... I mean, because there's a lot of expectations around this, how are your expectations? 
Padilha: I have no concerns about it. I only work on movies when it feels right, when I add something of my own way of portraying things. I make movies for myself and I don't feel nervous, I have no problem with expectations, and if the movie is going to work or not. I just look forward to keep its integrity and directing it the best way I can, all the rest doesn't concern me. 
Q: MGM was looking for a globally appealing director. Why do you think they chose you? 
Padilha: I don't know. I think they saw my movies and felt there was something there that could bring to the present day this controversial, yet different, violent movie which is RoboCop without misrepresenting it. 
Q: So when can we expect RoboCop to come out? 
Padilha: It's a project I'm developing from the very beginning together with Josh Zetumer, which is the screenwriter, and there's no deadline really. When the screenplay turns out good enough, then we will start shooting.
'Robocop' talk begins at the 3:20 mark

Updated: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Offically Joins 'The Dark Knight Rises'

Update: EW is saying that Gordon-Levitt will not be Alberto Falcone in 'The Dark Knight Rises.'

Joseph Gordon-Levitt has now offically joined the cast of Christopher Nolan's for The Dark Knight Rises as playing Alberto Falcone, the son of Mafia chieftain Carmine Falcone, the character Tom Wilkinson played in 'Batman Begins.'

Also joining the cast is Juno Temple (Cracks) for a supporting role as a street-smart Gotham girl.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Doctor Who: Space & Time Special (Video) Red Nose Day, Comic Relief 2011

A special two-part mini Doctor Who episode written by Steven Moffat aired tonight for Comic Relief.

“This is how it all ends. Pond flirting with herself. True love at last.”

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Part 1: Space

 Part 2: Time

The Doctor Makes A Special Appearance At Red Nose Day

Friday, March 18, 2011

‘Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part II′ Featurette

Below is a pretty decent first Look featurette for 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II,' which shows some never before seen footage from the final installment while interviewing cast and crew. The general consensus seems to be that this last installment will be loaded with thrilling action sequences.

'Mother's Red Dress' Trailer

No Restrictions Entertainment have released the trailer for upcoming film 'Mother's Red Dress,' which you can view below. The film features music from Moby and his innovative mobygratis website, that offers free music to independent, non-profit film makers and film students.

Laura Ullman, a single mother, kills her abusive ex-boyfriend and turns the gun on her son when he threatens to call the police. Paul leaves home to start a better life and falls for Ashley, a young women looking for direction in her life, unaware of his past troubles.

Kevin Costner Seals Deal To Portray Jonathan Kent In 'Superman: Man of Steel'

Kevin Costner has officially signed to star in Zack Snyder's 'Superman: Man of Steel', it has been revealed.

Costner has been linked to the play Jonathan 'Pa' Kent since last month and has just closed the deal to play Clark Kent's adoptive father and will join confirmed cast members Henry Cavill, who is playing the titular superhero, and Diane Lane, who will portray Jonathan's wife Martha.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Darren Aronofsky Leaves 'The Wolverine'

In a shock move Darren Aronofsky has decided to leave 'The Wolverine.' THR reports the project would keep him out of America for too long.

Fox and Hugh Jackman - who is set to return in the title role - said they remain fully committed to making Wolverine and will move aggressively to find a new director.

Fox hadn’t yet greenlit the sequel. A significant portion of the movie will be shot overseas (there had been plans to shoot in Japan).
"As I talked more about the film with my collaborators at Fox, it became clear that the production of The Wolverine would keep me out of the country for almost a year,” Aronofsky said in a joint statement with Fox.

“I was not comfortable being away from my family for that length of time. I am sad that I won't be able to see the project through, as it is a terrific script and I was very much looking forward to working with my friend, Hugh Jackman, again,” he continued.

Stated Fox: “While we are of course disappointed that Darren can’t do The Wolverine, we also understand and respect his reasons. Having done both The Wrestler and Black Swan with Darren, we know he is an extraordinary talent and we look forward to working with him on other projects in the future. Hugh Jackman and Fox both remain fully committed to making The Wolverine. We will regroup and move forward aggressively.”

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Updated: New 'Thor' Trailer

New subtitled in French trailer for Kenneth Branagh's 'Thor,' starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo, Stellan Skarsgard, Jaimie Alexander, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Josh Dallas, Tadanobu Asano, Idris Elba, Clark Gregg and Colm Feore.

The powerful but arrogant warrior Thor is cast out of the fantastic realm of Asgard and sent to live amongst humans on Earth, where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders.

Update: New International Posters